HomeSportsBadmintonSports Minister makes important policy changes for para athletes
-- Advertisement --

Sports Minister makes important policy changes for para athletes

- Advertisement -


-- Advertisement --

In an important decision, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday handed over ₹ 1.82 crores to the medal winners of the Para-Badminton World Championships after amending the policy for para-athletes that makes them eligible for more cash awards.

According to the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championships “which are organised by the International Paralympic Committee as well as in events that are not organised by IPC, but organised by respective International Sports Federation and recognised by the International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government”.

-- Advertisement --

It has further been decided that medallists will be bestowed with the cash awards the same day they return India post an international event. Moreover, the athletes, as against earlier, will “not have to wait for a once-a-year ceremony”. IPC doesn’t organise para-badminton events. Under the previous rules, these players would not have been eligible for cash prizes from the government.

The para-badminton players are the first set of athletes to receive their cash prizes under the modified guidelines. The shuttlers are returning after winning 12 medals at the recently-concluded World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

-- Advertisement --

The players met the Rijiju over lunch at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) where they were handed over the cheques. While the gold medalists received ₹ 20 lakh, the silver medallists went home with ₹ 14 lakh with bronze winners bagging ₹ 8 lakh each.

Medal winners at the doubles events bagged ₹ 15 lakh each for gold, ₹ 10.5 lakh for silver and ₹ 6 lakh each for a bronze medal.

“We want to ensure that all athletes are provided the same facilities by the government. The para-badminton team has performed very well and brought glory to the country, they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work,” Rijiju said.

Twitter Reactions

Here is how everyone reacted to the sports minister’s landmark decision:

-- Advertisement --

Follow us on: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWhatsApp and be part of KreedOn’s community

For more sports knowledge and latest stories on Indian sports and athletes

Subscribe Now Receive exciting Indian sports stories on your WhatsApp now.
KreedOn Network
KreedOn Network
We are a team of sports writers who research about sports in India day in day out. Please reach out to us in case of any specific requirement of digital services on [email protected] .


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here